Latest RI Statements
Refugees International is concerned by the Trump administration’s budget request for international humanitarian assistance for FY2020.
Refugees International has raised serious concerns about the way in which asylum in the United States has been closed off for Central American families. Specifically, Refugees International has concerns about Customs and Border Protection (CBP’s) handling of asylum seekers. Read our statement for the record.
The efforts of individuals to seek asylum in the United States does not constitute a national security crisis. In manufacturing this so-called crisis, the administration seeks to justify its efforts to close off asylum in violation of American law and tradition.
What the president cast as a national security crisis at the U.S. southern border is instead a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by his administration’s own policies.
Refugees International welcomes the comments by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago this week that his government is working to grant Venezuelans on the islands the right to work and to an education.
Refugees International is deeply alarmed by a new policy from the Trump administration that prevents Central Americans from seeking asylum along the U.S. southern border. Under the policy, asylum seekers will now be forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. This is a stark violation of U.S. and international law.
Refugees International today strongly urges the Congress to reject the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act of 2019 in its current form due to measures it would impose that violate U.S. commitments to refugee protection and abuse human rights.
Refugees International joins 23 other organizations in signing on to a letter opposing the Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to waive environmental statutes and regulations for disaster recovery funding.
Refugees International warns that an abrupt withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria will create a power vacuum that will likely lead to a new round of conflict. Renewed fighting will disrupt communities, displace additional populations, and could trigger another humanitarian crisis.
Refugees International applauds today’s broad endorsement of the Global Compact on Refugees by the UN General Assembly. This represents a critical step toward improving the lives of some 25 million refugees around the world who have fled their home countries in search of safety.
Latest Reports and Briefs
MINUSCA faces many challenges in the Central African Republic, but Alexandra Lamarche says they are amenable to solutions. She outlines recommendations for the country’s new UN Special Representative of the Secretary General Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye to enhance opportunities for success as he takes command of the mission.
The humanitarian situation in Syria is fragile—and a lot is at stake with a planned U.S. reduction in troops. Jesse Marks and Hardin Lang outline what must be done to respond to the current humanitarian crisis and to protect civilians.
Years of instability and violence in the Central African Republic have led to large-scale displacement and a desperate need for international aid. This year, more than half of the country's 4.6 million people will depend on humanitarian assistance for protection and survival. But despite the negative trendlines, there is an opportunity for progress.
As Venezuela continues to implode, Trinidad and Tobago must improve conditions for those who have sought refuge on its shores.
The United Nations and governments of the world must sustain and strengthen efforts to support Colombia in its efforts to host more than 1 million displaced Venezuelans.
Turkey currently hosts the largest population of refugees in the world, including a growing number of Afghan refugees. Following a recent change in asylum procedures for Afghans and other non-Syrians in Turkey, Afghans have been facing increasing difficulties in registering with the authorities. Izza Leghtas and Jessica Thea recommend ways in which Turkish officials can make policy adjustments that will better ensure the rights of refugees.
A fragile new peace deal in South Sudan has brought cautious hope to the country’s 4.5 million displaced, and talks of returning forcibly displaced populations from inside and outside the country have gained momentum. But Dan Sullivan warns that large-scale returns are premature.
As the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in desperate situations worldwide reaches historic levels, no nation alone can respond effectively to the challenge this presents. But two new agreements, the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, are historic efforts to seek international cooperation. Alice Thomas and Mark Yarnell outline some of the key achievements of the compacts and make recommendations for moving them forward.
Despite jubilation in Ethiopia and abroad since reformer Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in April 2018, a major humanitarian crisis has unfolded in the south of the country. The government is pressing for displaced people to return home, but their villages are still unsafe and their homes must be rebuilt. Mark Yarnell offers recommendations for mitigating the crisis.
Today, some two million people are effectively trapped in a space of 140 square miles without reliable access to clean water, sufficient food, adequate medical care, or the ability to make a living. Living conditions in Gaza are the worst they have ever been, and Daryl Grisgraber presents a sobering picture of a humanitarian crisis that is worsening.